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White Castle, East Iberville showdown Friday; Lady Bulldogs end season in semi-finals

Staff reports

The White Castle and East Iberville boys basketball meet for the third time this season Friday night as both teams continue their quest for a berth in the state championship tournament at the Lafayette Cajundome.

White Castle entertains district rival East Iberville in what’s expected a standing-room only crowd at the WCHS Gym.

Tip-off is 7 p.m.

The girls, meanwhile, saw their outstanding season come to an end in the semi-finals after a loss to Acadia at the SLU Convocation Center in Hammond.

Here’s a look at the action this week:

BOYS QUARTERFINALS:

White Castle High and East Iberville High boy round ball teams forged their way into a state quarterfinals basketball game tomorrow (Friday) night against one another after garnering regional playoff victories Tuesday night.

WCHS will host parish/district rival EIHS in White Castle with the victor continuing on to the state semifinals and a berth in the Final Four of the State Boys Top 28 Basketball Tournament at the Lafayette Cajundome.

WCHS downed visiting St. Mary’s High by a 64-38 score Tuesday night, while East Iberville rallied in the final quarter to trim visiting Plain Dealing High by a 55-53 score.

This is the first time two Iberville Parish hoop clubs have met in a state quarterfinals game. WC was the co-champ of the District 8-1A, while East finished third in the league. White Castle has a number four seed in Class 1-A, while East is seeded fifth. White Castle beat East Iberville twice in head-to-head district play.

WC 64, St. Mary’s 38:

The Bulldogs registered scoring advantages in each of the four periods of play as they romped to their regional win. WCHS took margins of 21-10, 14-7, 12-10, and 17-11.

Returning all-state basketball/football standout and future LSU gridiron player Ronald Martin led the Bulldog offense with 18 points, while Terrance Fair added 17 and Quadry Allen 11 points.

White Castle boosted its season mark to 24-8. Number 13 seed St. Mary’s ended its season with a 20-10 record.

EIHS 55, Plain Dealing 53:

The hosting Tigers rallied for a 24-11 advantage in the final stanza to overcome a 42-31 deficit as they pushing their way to a state quarterfinals berth and a shot at the state tourney.

Senior Greg Pickett led the hosting Tigers with 14 points, while junior Richard Johnson added 10 points. Darryl Ingram, Andre Wright, Byron Clark, and Javon’te Sherman combined for 27 additional markers for the EI club.

East boosted its record to 23-6, one of the school’s best in its history. Number 12 seed Plain Dealing closed with a 17-9 record.

ARCADIA 56, WCHS 46 (GIRLS STATE TOURNEY):

White Castle’s Lady Bulldogs were behind the entire game by only a few points as Arcadia answered every attempt by the locals to rally back.

WCHS Coach Tammy Pierce and senior guard Ronquel Gibson both said the Lady Bulldogs played as hard as they could to rally back, but could not stop the leadership of AHS sophomore Sh’Lonie Allen, who scored a game-high 21 points and dished out four assists.

“They were quicker than us, especially to the boards,” noted Coach Pierce.

Eighth grader Skylar O’Bear led WC with 11 points, while Gibson notched 10 and her sister Bryanshel Gibson tallied 9 points for the 20-5 Lady Bulldogs.